Sunday, April 10, 2016

My "all time" exotics list for Ontario

Ground rules - must be free-flying at the time of observation... 

Must be non-native to Ontario... 

Black Swan
Whooper Swan
Trumpeter Swan*
Mute Swan*
Barnacle Goose
Graylag Goose
Bar-headed Goose
Swan Goose
Black-bellied Whistling Duck
"Domestic" Mallard
Common Shelduck
Lady Amherst Pheasant
Helmeted Guinnefowl
Indian Peafowl (Peacock)
"Domestic" Wild Turkey
"Domestic" Chicken sp.
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared Dove*
Harris's Hawk
Scarlet Macaw
Rosy-faced Lovebird
Loggerhead Shrike
European Starling*
Common Greenfinch
House Finch*
Eurasian Tree Sparrow*
House Sparrow*
Orange Bishop

Notable Misses:

"Bewick's" Tundra Swan
Mandarin Duck
Gray Partridge
Painted Bunting
European Goldfinch

It was an interesting exercise. Certainly always an issue of providence with these things. Anything "established" I mark with an asterisk (*) and don't really want to count on my "list"... Hardly seems fair when we're god-knows-how-many generations in on European Starlings or House Sparrows. Doesn't quite feel the same as seeing a bona-fide Scarlet Macaw flyby...

It was also interesting to note how "easy" it felt to count some questionable birds... Do I really "know" that the Smew was a domestic bird? I mean, there is always a chance it was a wild bird.....

Anyways - anyone else keep an exotics list? How many are you at? Any notable highlights?

(talk about a difficult case) 


  1. Brandon, excellent list here! I was surprised to see Loggerhead Shrike as a non-native bird to Ontario. I thought the Eastern Loggerhead Shrike is/was a native bird --- associated with small areas of Alvar Habitat near Carden and Napannee. Just wondering. I could be wrong. -DM

    1. Hey DM - it IS a native bird to our area, but I've also encountered one of the "captive release" individuals... The bird in the photo was taken at Pelee in Sep 2006 --- probably only a few weeks before the bird was released from its pen --- so not really "wind" imo...